Oh man, friends. I have been on a long and windy road since we last talked (over a MONTH ago whuuuut).
Here is a reminder of what I look like in case it’s been too long for you:
(I KNOW ITS BLURRY BUT MITCH IS TRYING REALLY HARD W HIS PHOTOS SO IF WE COULD JUST SMILE AND NOD THAT’D BE APPRECIATED)
I just recently started a new job at a cute little mediterranean restaurant down here, and I’ve just started a new quarter of school, so I have really been super busy. But I have also been in an enormous creative rut for the last month or so. Enjoying Earth is my passion, and I love everything I do with it, from instagramming to decorating mugs for Etsy, but I have recently just been feeling so drained and mentally blocked that I decided to give myself some time to figure out what I want to do, what directions I want to take with EE, and what I want to achieve from it. I never want to force any of my posts or any of my recipe development if it doesn’t feel right because I think it goes against what I want to be: open, sincere, and genuine. So boy did I take some time off. I took some time to think about new directions for myself and to reach out in my personal life to make some more personal connections along the way as well.
Let me catch you up in ten seconds about all of the fun and enriching stuff I did in the last month:
Went camping w/ UCI’s honors program
Road tripped and met some new friends
Hosted lovely in-laws
Made new friends at work and realized how grateful I am for it
Joined the vegan club at school (real damn excited about that one)
Decided with certainty that I want to have children some day
Pondered about my unique voice in the vegan community and asked myself deeply about what I had to offer
Pondered ways to embrace my unique voice and further my little piece of the v movement
Dropped a class knowing that it would impact my grade but prioritized my well-being and enjoyment over grades
Made some bombin new vegan recipes
Drank this yummy tropical smoothie out of a hollowed pineapple:
The smoothie recipe is super super simple, but if you would like to hollow out your pineapple for those rad instagram aesthetics, I suggest a pineapple corer/slicer. If you don’t have one, you can ride the struggle bus like me and just scoop out the middle with a strong metal spoon.
Love you all and I can’t wait to talk to you again soon and show you all of the fun new stuff I’ve been planning about!
2bananasmedium, sliced and frozen
1/2cuppineapplechopped and frozen
1/2cupmangochopped and frozen
1-2cupscoconut milkfrom can or carton
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If it's a little thick, add more coconut milk. If too thin, add more frozen fruits.
I don’t know about you, but the best kind of meal is one that gives me an excuse to add gravy to it.
For example, the mashed potatoes that I have had as its own meal three times this week (so far). I’m showing you today my absolute favorite gravy recipes that I add to just about anything that I can, including mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and everything served on a thanksgiving plate. Sure, it’s long past thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever a bad time to share a cool gravy tutorial.
Did anyone else love malt-o-meal like it was candy when they were younger? Because I did. If my mama asked me what I wanted her to make me for breakfast, I would either tell her
brown sugar oatmeal, or
That warm, creamy texture makes me all cuddly and fuzzy inside.
Even now, I find myself craving a bowl of creamy hot cereal when I wake up to a cold, rainy morning or when I’m feeling particularly under the weather. It is the ultimate comfort food for me.
Comfort foods are actually a thing I’m working on, because it seems like depending on foods for comfort can be a little bit dangerous, but in the meantime I suppose that this comfort food is not the worst for my health.
Unfortunately, I never ever remember to grab some malt-o-meal while I’m at the store, so over time I have found a simple, delicious, and accidentally gluten-free replacement for it using only one ingredient, oats, to replace the original wheat substance. An even more not-the-worst-for-my-health alternative! (more…)
How is everyone’s Veganuary going? We are wrapping the month up here, so I thought I’d give you some last-minute inspiration for if you need a little boost to get you back in the game. I remember that when I first went vegan, smoothies were the easiest and most delicious addition I made to my diet, but after a while it’s easy to run out of recipes. That desire for something new and fun is what has inspired these eight smoothie recipes over time. Check ’em out below!